[lastfm]Pepper Rabbits[/lastfm], a Californian duo that sounds more Brooklyn than San Fran, release their sophomore album with Kanine Records this Tuesday. For fans of [lastfm]Animal Collective[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Sufjan Stevens[/lastfm], stream the album after the jump and enjoy a blast of sunshine with your morning coffee.
Stream the entirety of Red Velvet Snow Ball over at Spinner
Their sophomore LP, Red Velvet Snow Ball, though indebted to the Brooklyn indie sound of the past half-decade, should not be faulted for its all-too-familiar sound. Lead singer Xander Singh sings to his lung’s limits with a gusto more punk rock than pop, and multi-percussionist Luc Laurent twists globe-trotting sounds into impressive rhythms most drummers would be hard-pressed to string together. The combination of these intricate grooves, infinitely echoed vocals and a wide orchestra of sounds on par with Sufjan’s, turns even the best songs on Red Velvet Snow Ball into claustrophobic over-achievers. [lastfm]Pepper Rabbit[/lastfm]‘s live show, usually a streamlined vocal, keys, drums and bass combo, proves the band can write a good song – but the unchecked freedom of self-producing an album buried the music under heavier layers than the songs (and songwriters) could handle.
[lastfm]Pepper Rabbit[/lastfm] – Red Velvet Snow Ball (Kanine)
Street Date: August 9th
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